Rent in Commercial Lease – Where do you stand?

In these unprecedented times where most businesses are either shutdown or forced to work remotely, does a tenant have to continue to pay rent and outgoings to the landlord for the premises that are leased? Some clarity can be found in the Sixth Edition 2012 (5) of the standard Deed of Lease prepared by the Auckland District Law Society (“ADLS Lease”). In the wake of the Christchurch earthquake many businesses/tenants were prohibited from entering their premises due to safety concerns regarding the stability of the building. This created a unique situation where tenants were still liable to pay rent and
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